The fruits of the Coriander are reputed to be carminative and stomachic and are used in preparing compound melissa cordial. They are also used to disguise the unpleasant taste of some drugs.
General Herb Information
Coriander - (Coriandrum sativum).
Propagation: By seed, easy germination, viable for five years.
Nature of Plant: Grown for its savory seeds, not suitable for flower garden because of evil smell of foliage and of fresh seed, foliage is delicate and lacy and flower umbels beautiful pinkish white, ripe seeds are fragrant and become more so as they dry.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 10 inches.
Cultural Requirements: Average, dry, light, medium rich soil in full sun, when plants are 3 inches high, thin to 10 inches by pinching off seedlings at ground, delicate root systems hinder any transplanting, sow thinly as percent of germination normally is very high, seed must be harvested as soon as ripe because they are so heavy that they will fall to the ground and self-sow freely.
Seed: (Culinary) Sugar-coated as confection, powdered or ground in bread, gingerbread, biscuit, cookie, cake, baked apple, sausage, frankfurter, cheese, sauce for wild game, poultry stuffing, in vinegar for beets, crushed and dropped in demitasse; (Industrial) to improve taste of cheap grades of cocoa, in Chartreuse, vermouth, and other liqueurs, in gin distifiing, curry powder, toilet water, lily-of-the-valley perfume; (Health) stomachic, oil added to supplements corrects nauseating and griping qualities.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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